LEWISTON — The artistic abilities of Lewiston and Auburn seventh- and eighth-graders were celebrated on April 15, as awards were presented to winning students in a recent poster contest to raise awareness of fair housing issues. The contest was facilitated in conjunction with April being Fair Housing Month and resulted from a partnership of the Cities of Lewiston & Auburn, the Lewiston Housing Authority and the Auburn Housing Authority.

Fifty-one students participated with a first-year contest theme of “Will You Be My Neighbor?” Thirteen finalists were selected. The contest activity is part of a five-year strategy identified in the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing adopted by the Lewiston and Auburn City Councils.

Contest participants were celebrated at the Lewiston YWCA with 50-plus students, parents and teachers in attendance. First place went to Sarah Turcotte of Lewiston Middle School winning an iPad Air; second place winners were Annie Hazelton of Auburn Middle School and Jayda Johnson of Lewiston Middle School, each winning an iPod Nano. Ten additional finalists received movie certificates, all compliments of the Auburn/Lewiston Fair Housing Alliance. In addition, the first prize poster will “go on tour” as L-A fair housing outreach continues.

Finalists’ posters were displayed on websites hosted by the City of Lewiston, City of Auburn, Lewiston Housing Authority and the Auburn Housing Authority. The finalists’ posters are also featured in a fair housing calendar.

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